Thursday, October 30, 2014

TRICK OR SWEET

Need a super easy, super SWEEET Halloween treat?


Pick up some bakery bags at your local party store (Zurchers, Gigis, Partyland, Party City), choose something to go inside the bag and then download this great (free) tag from Bloom Designs.
It's really THAT EASY.


I chose SWIG cookies for the treat inside my bag...because I LOVE Swig cookies.  Make sure you wrap with saran wrap (the good kind) before tucking inside the bag.  We don't want the frosting seeping through the bag.




Jen made Monster Magic Cookie Bars for her treat...


Monster Magic Cookie Bars

Ingredients:
 9 full graham crackers
  4 tbsp. butter
 1 can sweetened condensed milk
 approximately 3/4 c. oats
 approximately 3/4 c. M&Ms
 approximately 3/4 c. chocolate chips

Instructions:
1.                   In a zip top bag, crush the graham crackers using a rolling pin.
2.                  Once crushed, add the 4 tbsp. butter to the bag.
3.                  Place in the microwave and heat up for about 30 seconds.
4.                  Remove from microwave, let out the air and make sure the bag is sealed (maybe let it cool for a second or two!), and "mush" the butter and graham crackers together until fully incorporated.
5.                  Press the graham cracker crumbs into a well-greased and parchment lined 9x13 baking dish.
6.                  Evenly pour the sweetened condensed milk over the graham cracker layer.
7.                  Sprinkle the oats, M&Ms, and chocolate chips evenly over the sweetened condensed milk and gently press in a little.
8.                 Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until browned and pulling away from the edges.
9.                  Let cool and serve.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Porches

Kel and I love to decorate for Holidays. Scratch that- We love it when our homes are decorated for the Holiday's. The actual decorating part isn't as fun as it used to be. It just seems like we are so busy with a million other things that it's become a chore. We thought we would share what our porches look like this year!

Jen's Porch:
Banner from Rod Works!
I made this cute wreath a few years ago from this blog
 I love my no solicitors sign! I might keep this up all year round!
 I got these fun Alchemy signs at Rod Works. The other items are from Wal-Mart

In the past I have also filled my urn's with pumpkins.

Kellie's Porch:


Check out more Halloween Decor if you DARE!



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOO!

We LOVE to Boo our friends for Halloween! It is a favorite Halloween tradition every year. It's so exhilarating to drop something off at the door and then dash away hoping no one follows you down the street! I saw this really cute idea on one of my favorite blogs Eighteen25.

We whipped up some Nutter Butter Ghosts

Rice Krispie Treat's dipped in chocolate and sprinkles


and added that cute ghost balloon and off we went!

Have you BOO'ed anyone yet this year? You still have a few days!!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Goofy Goblins Strike Again!

 They're baaaack!


October has arrived and our Goofy Goblins have returned...  And none too soon!


They crept in...in the dead of night and left a little Family Night treat.  The goblins have a gift of knowing, and seeing all that goes on in our little haunted home.  If they like what they see they often leave a ghoulish trick...or sweet.


A large canister of 3 flavored Halloween popcorn magically appeared while all was quiet.  It had an important message attached:  I've got my eyes on YOU!  

Maybe a warning for future deliveries??


Eyeballs were detached and ready for view.


Tag here.


I wonder when our Scary Skeleton will visit?



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Monday, September 29, 2014

Pumpkin Bars-MMMmmm Monday



Ingredients
Bars:
o    4 eggs
o    1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
o    1 cup vegetable oil
o    1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
o    2 cups all-purpose flour
o    2 teaspoons baking powder
o    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
o    2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
o    1 teaspoon salt
o    1 teaspoon baking soda
Frosting:
o    1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
o    1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
o    2 cups powdered sugar
o    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
1.    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2.    Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth.
3.    For a thick cake-like bar: Spread the batter into a greased 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Test the center with a toothpick to check for doneness. For a thinner bar: Spread batter into a greased jelly roll pan and bake for 18-20 minutes, checking for doneness with a toothpick.
4.    Let cool completely before frosting.
5.    To make the frosting: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. You may need to add a little milk to make it spreadable if your butter wasn't soft enough. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars and cut into squares or cut bars first and frost individually.  Original recipe found here.

     These were so delicious that I decided to share.





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Monday, September 22, 2014

Trick or Treat, Something Sweet-MMMmmm Monday

It's not October yet but I'm thinking Halloween.  Maybe it's because every time I turn around I see a ghoul or a goblin ready for purchase.  There are plenty of fun tricks and treats to buy but what could be better than good old fashioned, homemade cookie-in-a-jar.  


I found the jars at Taipan for $3.00.  They are just right for the average 2 inch scoop cookie.



This cookie (see recipe below) is great for freezing.  When I need a quick "Hey I'm thinking about you" treat for a friend or neighbor, I'm able to pull out the already baked cookies from the freezer. 


Stack them in a cute jar.


Add a fun tag.


And have a SPOOKtacular giftie.


Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips
1 cup margarine (2 cubes)
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream together in large bowl.
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix together and add to creamed mixture.
Add 12 oz. pkg. chocolate chips (or fall M&Ms).  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-13 min.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Conference Quiche

In a couple of weeks we will be participating in our semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  We are invited to the Conference Center to listen (if local and have tickets), or we can participate by live broadcast via radio, television, and satellite.  

Often times my family looks forward to listening {watching} in our home, still in pajamas with the traditional pancake breakfast and fixins.  

I'm not a huge pancake fan but love the fixins.  This conference quiche is a must have in my {recipe} book!  
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Conference Quiche
1 unbaked 9” pastry shell               2 whole eggs
8 strips bacon                                   ½ cup heavy cream
1 chopped onion                               ½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. bacon fat                                 ¼ tsp. nutmeg
Pinch of salt                                      dash of cayenne
2 egg yolks                                         ½ cups grated Swiss cheese

Fry bacon until crisp.  Saving 1 tsp. bacon fat, drain off remainder.  Crumple bacon.  Set aside.  Sauté onion in bacon fat with salt until golden.  Remove.  Drain on paper towels.  Beat egg yolks, whole eggs, cream, salt, nutmeg, and cayenne.  In unbaked pastry shell, layer cheese, bacon and onion.  Pour egg mixture on top.  Bake at 375 deg. For 35 to 40 min (until set).  Cut into narrow wedges.  Serve hot or cold.  Can be made ahead of time and frozen.  Defrost before baking.




Original recipe came from our good friend Abby H.  

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